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Stewardship

Say stewardship in the church and many people automatically think money. Stewardship is about money – but it is significantly more than just about money. The association of money primarily with stewardship has done a great disservice to this rich biblical concept. This association is perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the church…

EMIC SUNDAY

Bethesda will hold its third Every Member In Church(EMIC) Sunday service on November 23rd. This service is an occasion we hope will gather most, if not all, our members together in one service. For several and various reasons many of our members are unable to attend worship services as often as they wish. On the…

The Reformation—History, Our Story

Every year as October comes around it seems almost natural for Lutherans to let their minds turn to thoughts of the Reformation. Though the Reformation did not begin and end with Martin Luther, nor was he the only reformer, his is the figure that stands out when one thinks of the Reformation. This is especially…

Doors Open At Bethesda

In September’s Banner we reported that Bethesda would participate in this year’s Markham “Doors Open”. On September 27 the church was opened to the public between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. In that time one hundred and forty(140) people visited Bethesda. They were given a guided tour of the church. Also, they were given a…

Maintenance Works Continues

Bethesda places much emphasis on maintaining its property. This is good stewardship. In the past weeks the Property Committee was busy meeting, planning and effecting work on the church’s property. At present work is going on at the western side of the church. Water was seeping into the church hall from this area. The water…

Sharecropper Dinner

Bethesda’s annual Sharecropper Dinner will be on Sunday, 9th of November at 5.30 pm. This dinner is a highpoint in our social calendar at Bethesda. The main course of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetable pasta salad will be provided.  Members are asked to bring along a dessert to share.  A free-will offering will be taken in support…

FaithLife Presents Cheque To Bethesda

On Sunday, 28th of September Joanne Jehu of FaithLife presented a cheque for $500. to Bethesda. This cheque will be added to the amount raised by our spring BBQ. The money from these two sources is designated to support our local outreach ministry. Our local outreach ministry committee has identified the Yellow Brick House as…

Summer Ramblings

It is Friday and according to the weather experts, the warmest day of the summer so far. I am sitting under our gazebo. The sun is shining in all its glory. The weather is warm. I am enjoying a cool breeze. The breeze sets the trees in perpetual motion. The leaves create a pleasant rustling…

Sharecropper Project Update – Summer 2014

Our Sharecropper Project wheat field on the south west corner of Warden Avenue and the Stouffville-Gormley Road was harvested on Friday, August 8.  After a wet start to the week, drier weather prevailed for the rest of the week, enabling the crop to be combined by Galten Farms. The yield was good and the quality was…

Church And Relevance

Our post modern world increasingly questions the relevance of the church to human life. In fact, in many quarters questioning its relevance has given way to outright denial of any place for the church in the world. Many opine that the church has long outlived its usefulness; if it ever had any in the first…